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ON RECORDS: SALES, SALES, ON SALE
Lenny Beer on a controversial tactic with a big upside. (7/29a)
FLIPOVER FRIDAY: ITUNES AND APPLE MUSIC NEW ARRIVALS
Here comes Khaled. The king of Snapchat tops the chart (7/29a)
SHE'D LIKE TO THANK THE ACADEMY
Catch as catch Cam. (7/29a)
iGEN: MODERN STREAMING
More kind and gentle opinions from he nicest man in showbiz. (7/29a)
A PREVIEW OF RADIO CHART PREVIEWS
Sia. Want to be ya. (7/29a)
STREAMING HITS ITS STRIDE
Is the new marketplace reaching maturity?
30 YEARS OF HITS
With the incriminating photos to prove it.
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CATALOG IN THE WORLD
Purple prose on a pricey panoply of Prince.
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ON RECORDS: SALES, SALES, ON SALE
Lenny Beer on a controversial tactic with a big upside. (7/29a)
FLIPOVER FRIDAY: ITUNES AND APPLE MUSIC NEW ARRIVALS
Here comes Khaled. The king of Snapchat tops the chart (7/29a)
SHE'D LIKE TO THANK THE ACADEMY
Catch as catch Cam. (7/29a)
iGEN: MODERN STREAMING
More kind and gentle opinions from he nicest man in showbiz. (7/29a)
A PREVIEW OF RADIO CHART PREVIEWS
Sia. Want to be ya. (7/29a)
STREAMING HITS ITS STRIDE
Is the new marketplace reaching maturity?
30 YEARS OF HITS
With the incriminating photos to prove it.
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CATALOG IN THE WORLD
Purple prose on a pricey panoply of Prince.
RUMOR MILL
drake red
7/29/16

Drake's Views (YMCMB/Republic) is #1 on the HITS Sales Plus Streaming Chart once again. With 83k, he takes the top spot for a 12th non-consecutive week. Gucci Mane, meanwhile, landed at #2 on the SPS chart with 70k for Everybody Looking, his first musical release since he himself was released from prison. On the Album Sales Chart, however, it managed to bow at #1 with 44k.


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On Records photos
7/29/16

Just last week, for the first time in the digital era, a label employed a once-derided strategy—putting a sale price on a single—as the ultimate hammer...


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major-key-2
7/29/16

Epic’s DJ Khaled not only has the keys, he has the pole position as iTunes puts a new collection into the field. Not surprisingly, Major Key—an Apple exclusive for a week—shot straight to #1 and is one of seven new titles in the Top 10. Meanwhile, Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville's Kenny Chesney tops the singles chart with help from P!nk.

 


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Blavatnik Bill Clinton
7/29/16

What do Len Blavatnik, Major Lazer, Beyoncé, Spotify's Stefan Blom and DJ Khaled have in common? If you said "They're all part of Donald Trump's security briefing," well, close, but no cigar. No, these and other prominent figures appear on the most recent iteration of HITS List, our weekly cheat sheet of trending topics in the biz...


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ptx plaque
7/29/16

RCA's Pentatonix celebrate the latest additions to their already substantial plaque collection, as label kingpins Peter Edge and Tom Corson harmonize beautifully on a lunch order. Later, manager Jonathan Kalter resumed compiling his list of all the great Chanukah songs the band could record for Q4.


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cam and neil
7/29/16

"Country is part of the very texture of the extraordinary quilt that is American music," intoned Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow to Arista Nashville/RCA's Cam during her visit to the Academy's Santa Monica offices. "Hey, you don't have to sell me, Neil—I'm a Nashville artist," chuckled the Grammy-nominated breakout before realizing that she was addressing a life-sized animatronic figure from the organization's "Great Moments With Mr. Portnow" exhibit...


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SIA wolves
7/29/16

Monkey Puzzle/RCA's Sia clinches a second week at #1 on the Pop radio chart with "Cheap Thrills," while YMCMB/Republic's Drake crushes at Rhythm with a new #1 plus multiple rising singles behind it. At Modern Rock, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are poised to make some history...


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new music fri
7/29/16

Disruptor/Columbia's The Chainsmokers f/Halsey, S-Curve/Hollywood's Andy Grammer, Mad Love/Interscope's Tory Lanez, Island's Shawn Mendes, Republic's Phantogram, Glassnote's CHVRCHES, Harvest's Glass Animals and Epitaph's punk veterans The Descendants are among the artists featured on Spotify's New Music Friday playlist this week; dig in.


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WOLVES
7/29/16

This morning G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam's Kanye West presented yet another powerful example of the benefits from integrated marketing, debuting an artistic collaboration with his favorite fashion house, Balmain, that doubled as both elegantly photographed and styled music video (co-starring Kim and Sia) for the single "Wolves," and the brand’s campaign.


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major lazer
7/29/16

Surefire smash “Cold Water” (Because) by Major Lazer, Justin Bieber and has toppled Drake from the U.K. Official Singles Chart summit on combined sales of 102k. Who said it’s near impossible to break new music?


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7/29/16

These days, there are so many different variables when it comes to how to judge a record at Modern Rock. We have the new request line: Shazam. We still have sales, though I’m not sure for how much longer. And we have the new phenomenon of streaming. In terms of Spotify and such, we haven’t yet seen...


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Viola Beach
7/29/16

Viola Beach, the up and coming British band whose members were killed in a car crash in February, have one of the strongest new releases in Blighty this week. 


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7/29/16

As the thudding, Godzilla-like footsteps of our 30th Anniversary Issue echo ever closer, we continue our ramble through the HITS photo archive. In this indelible shot, Steve Bartels, Greg Thompson and Jerry Blair shanghai an Elvis impersonator at the Gavin convention, moments before the mescaline kicked in. 


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7/29/16

Epic's KONGOS brandish gold plaques from their South African label, Just Music, during their return home to headline the Oppikoppi Festival. Moments after this photo was snapped, manager Marc Pollack set off in search of the best blintzes in Limpopo Province. Commemorative figurines of everyone pictured here are available on Marc's eBay page.


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7/29/16

As we prepare to inflict our 30th Anniversary Special Issue upon the world, we've been reviewing our own history pretty closely (yes, we have strong stomachs). But it occurred to us that it might be instructive to look at the Music Industry Bible then and now. So let's compare some headlines from this time in 1986 and from Team Min's most recent issue.


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7/29/16

Revenue at Live Nation was up 23% to $2.2b for the three months that ended 6/30, while operating income spiked a whopping 76% in year to year comparisons. LN stock notched a 5% gain in after-hours trading, and Chief Michael Rapino dropped the mic.


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steve savoca spotify
7/28/16

Look for Spotify VP Content Steve Savoca to announce that he’ll be exiting the company at the end of August for a new adventure. Stay tuned for details. Before joining the company in 2011, the well-respected Savoca—one of the streamery’s first U.S. employees...


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Allison Kaye
7/28/16

Allison Kaye has been upped from GM to President of Music at Scooter Braun’s SB Projects. Kaye, who, as before, will report “solely and directly” to Braun, will be primarily responsible for assisting with managing and operating the company’s music management business and other music-related businesses...


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7/28/16

Buzzing rock/hip-hop supergroup Prophets of Rage have released “Prophets of Rage,” the first single from their forthcoming EP (due 8/19) via Caroline. The song, which was originally made available to stream only on the band’s website, is now at all major DSPs. Caroline co-GMs Jacqueline Saturn and Piero Giramonti donned their Che Guevara T-shirts to make the announcement...


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BeatBugs
7/28/16

Republic Records will release the all-Beatles covers soundtracks for Netflix’s animated series Beat Bugs in November. Featuring new recordings from Pink, Aloe Blacc, Sia, Eddie Vedder, Of Monsters and Men and others, the first volume of the soundtrack will be an Apple Music exclusive for streaming.


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Zipper Club, "Going the Distance"
A summer road trip turns decidedly dark in the clip for this Epic alternative troupe's ridiculously catchy jam, which unfolds like a stylish exploitation flick that goes from merriment to mayhem. Speaking of which, that hook will lodge in your head like a hatchet.
Radio promo guru @dblair42 talks @Weathersband with our own @tedvolk https://t.co/51fIa9UGOW @RCARecords @kroq
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RT @people: .@KeithUrban is opening up about the learning curve in his relationship with Nicole Kidman https://t.co/DooaBvcSmC https://t.co/6WRzdVgTEq
ICYMI: Streaming explained Schoolhouse Rock-style: https://t.co/kUbag8syUT @SpotifyPress @AppleMusic @TIDALHiFi
Check our chat w/ @ACMawards Entertainer of the Year @Jason_Aldean https://t.co/aEz7yfLZGI @brokenbowrec @Maverick https://t.co/Xc5VuFNh4l
Explaining streaming revenue Saturday AM toon-style: Streamhouse Rock! https://t.co/sfdBJwgroQ https://t.co/DPJdI5TTmS
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